Please submit completed applications by February 21, 2023.  

The application should be submitted as a Google Form.

Program Contact Information:
Prof. Brian D'Urso Prof. John Neumeier
(406) 994-3456 (406) 994-6171
Fax: (406) 994-4452  
Montana State University - Physics Department
PO BOX 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717

Personal Information

When completing your application you will need to provide your full name, mailing address, date of birth, citizenship, phone number and email.  You will also need to provide the full name, address, phone number of an emergency contact person.  Your relationship to the emergency contact is also required.

GPA and Transcript

You must submit a current transcript, including Fall 2022 Grades, with the application.  Unofficial Copies are acceptable.  

Fill in the mailing address of your current University or College, your major, and expected graduation date (month & year) on the application.  Enter the number of years of University or College you have completed and your current numerical Overall GPA and Major GPA where 4.0 = A, 3.0 = B, etc. on the application.

Research Interests

There are eight different research areas you can choose from.  Please indicate your top three choices on the application.  Those choices are as follows.

  • Recep Avci - The Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory (ICAL): Corrosion and BioPhysics.
  • Wm. Randall Babbitt - Coherent Lidar, Optical Levitation of Particles, Sepctral Holography
  • Nick Borys - Nano-Optics of Quantum Materials
  • Rufus Cone - Quantum Photonics at Telecom Wavelengths Based on Metal-Ion-Doped Materials
  • Brian D'Urso - Levitated Quantum Optomechanics
  • Yves Idzerda - Surface/Interface Magnetism and Spin-Transport
  • John Neumeier - Superconductivity, Magnetism and Thermodynamic Studies
  • Aleksander Rebane - Advanced Pemtosecond Multiphoton Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics


You will write a short essay (maximum of 400 words) describing:

(1) what are your intellectual and professional goals, and how you believe this program would assist in attaining them.
(2) what kind of research skills you expect to develop in this program, and, if applicable, any research, programming, and/or hands-on laboratory experience you have had prior to this program;
(3) what qualities and characteristics you will bring to our program as a result of your work/activities/other life experiences;
(4) anything else that you would like our selection committee to know about you.

Travel Information

If chosen to participate, we would like to know your preferred mode of travel to Bozeman.  Please let us know if you would like to travel by private car, airline, or other.  If you pick other, please include the type of travel.

National Science Foundation Demographic Data

The NSF asks that we collect demographic information to gauge whether our program is fairly reaching and benefiting everyone, regardless of demographic category.  Providing this information is optional, but it does help identify gaps in our advertising.  Questions on the application include gender, race, and disability.

Safety and Security Information

Safety and security are of paramount importance to our REU program and Montana State University.  We are required to ask all applicants the following three questions.  

  • Have you been convicted of a felony?
  • Have you been institutionalized for threatening or causing physical or emotional injury to persons or property?
  • Have you been dismissed and/or suspended from a college for disciplinary reasons? Suspension is defined as a sanction imposed for disciplinary reasons that results in a student leaving school for a specified time period. Dismissal from a college for disciplinary reasons is defined as permanent separation from an institution of higher education on the basis of conduct or behavior